I had the pleasure of attending a recent Chicago Humanities Festival event featuring two great speakers — Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, authors of a new book, “Option B – Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy.” Sandberg, famous for her book, “Lean In” and leadership role as Facebook’s COO teamed up with Adam Grant, a psychologist and one of Wharton’s top-rated professors. They combined Sheryl’s personal story of loss with Adan’s mastery of the psychological science. After listening to their stories and reading their book, some things are becoming clearer to me:
1. Resilience is a skill that you can build and apply to a wide range of small and big setbacks. Mastery gives you the ability to bounce forward from a setback and take back the joy in your situation or life.
2. Connecting to a community of people with a shared narrative, shared hope and experiences build powerful collective resiliency.
3. Everyone experiences setbacks, hardships, or a broad range of challenges in life. Their stories reveal over and over again, the capacity of the human spirit to persevere, and rediscovery job.
Whether you or someone you know is recovering from a loss, “Option B” provides a great story that resonates with most all of us.